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Rural Minnesota Company’s Product One Of Oprah’s ‘Favorite Things’

Amanda, Justin and August Henke.

Annie B’s, a small, family-owned company in Minnesota, has been given a gift itself: Its wooden box of caramels has been chosen as one of Oprah’s “Favorite Things” for 2014. The rustic gift box is filled with 35 caramels and is available in Original; Sea Salt Caramel; or assorted, which includes Original, Sea Salt Caramel and Buttered Rum flavors.

“It is so thrilling to be part of Oprah’s elite ‘Favorite Things’ gift list and we’re excited for the adventure ahead, even if it’s a little overwhelming. We truly value our employees and wouldn’t be here without their hard work and dedication. It is incredible that our little 18-person operation is getting so much national attention,” said Justin and Amanda Henke, owners of Annie B’s.

The 36-year-old company’s factory is in Kellogg, Minnesota—population 445.

Annie B's Wooden Box filled with 35 caramels.
Annie B’s Wooden Box filled with 35 caramels.

The company prides itself on using all-natural, gluten-free ingredients free of high fructose corn syrup. Each caramel is made using local products when possible—milk, butter, sugar, condensed milk and natural flavoring. Each gluten-free caramel is slow cooked in copper pots through small-batch cooking. The only process that isn’t completed by hand is the cutting and wrapping of each caramel. With continued growth, the Henkes plan on keeping the cozy, family-owned culture and all-natural ingredients.

Aside from individually wrapped caramels, Annie B’s also offers baking caramel, caramel apple kits and a variety of gift sets. The company also makes popcorn that comes in Triple Treat (original, sharp cheddar and caramel), Sharp Cheddar, Jalapeno Cheddar, Original Caramel and Sea Salt Caramel. For more information, visit anniebs.com.

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